Toby Merrill [Photo by Martha Stewart]

HLS graduate and Skadden Fellow Toby Merrill (’11) and clinical instructor Max Weinstein are profiled in this summer’s Harvard Law Bulletin for their efforts combating predatory student lending. This work marks an expansion of the Predatory Lending Prevention/Consumer Protection Clinic, which is based at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain. As the Bulletin story explains:

“[Toby is] focusing on for-profit colleges that target low-income people—for example, a student who goes to a trade school for a relatively low-paying profession but takes on an enormous amount of debt. ‘They are really mined for all the federal money they are worth, and then left with debt but no benefits,’ she says. It’s an issue everyone should be concerned about, she adds. ‘This is your money and my money going to private executives making millions of dollars a year on the backs of poor people.'”

Check out the article to learn more about the impact of predatory student lending, how Toby and Max formed their partnership, and the types of outreach and litigation they are pursuing. More…